Organize your Patrol

  • Uniforms & equipment
  • Notify block leader before patrolling and on duty
  • Watch Commander

Patrol in Pairs

  • Why should we patrol in pairs?
    • Safe
    • More eyes
    • Motivation
    • Show of force
  • Vary times, patterns and locations
  • Select likely times of activities – Most burglaries occur in early or mid-morning hours. Never think the burglar isn’t watching your house and your activity.
  • Patrol locations of incidents – Check with your liaison officer for information on areas within your neighborhood where consisted crimes are being committed (Burglaries, vehicle thefts, etc.)
  • Walk or drive in random patterns – Compare your daily patrol sheets, check activities, log times. Vary your travels, directions, times, and days so that would be criminals don’t adjust their times according to your pattern.

Know Your Neighborhood and Businesses

It’s important to know your neighborhood, boundaries and the businesses in your neighborhood. Criminals don’t like neighbors who look out for each other, businesses that stay in communication with each other reporting theft and fraud. A criminal thrives in a neighborhood where people are not friendly, neighbors don’t get involved. The stronger your neighborhood is the harder it is for a criminal to survive in your neighborhood. Go to City of St. Louis website and
click on (Neighborhoods of the city of St. Louis) this will allow you to downloadA map of your neighborhood.

Before Each Patrol Shift

Have at least two people to patrol rather you’re walking, driving or bicycling.

Ensure you have the needed equipment:

  • Flashlight
  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Phone
  • Recorder
  • Activity log sheet
  • Map of neighborhood
  • Neighborhood phone tree
  • Important police numbers (Liaison officer, precinct sergeant,
  • and lieutenant)
  • Camera
  • Binoculars


  • Look for out of place vehicles, people, activities….
  • Things that make you look twice or go Hmmmm!!!

Don’t get involved watch and report!

  • Don’t try and physically stop anything.
  • Don’t become involved in arguments or disputes.
  • Remember endangering yourself endangers others!

What are you looking or listening for?

  • Individuals going to the rear of homes or businesses.
  • Persons going door to door.
  • Persons loitering in front of residential
  • areas.
  • Persons looking into vehicle windows.
  • Persons/people screaming for help (specific words)
  • Persons walking with household electronics or placing them in vehicles (T.V’s, speakers,
  • stereos, etc.)
  • Persons making hand to hand transactions.
  • Dogs continuously barking.
  • Alarms sounding
  • Glass breaking
  • Loud music
  • Gun fire
  • Person/people running, not jogging
  • Abandoned vehicles
  • Moving vehicles with no headlights
  • Someone carrying items at an unusual time of the day
  • Someone removing parts from a vehicle
  • People doing business from a vehicle
  • What about my neighbor’s house?
  • Open garage doors
  • Blinds or shades drawn that are usually open
  • Unusual vehicles in driveway or in front of house
  • Unfamiliar people on property
  • Anyone unfamiliar pretending to be providing services
  • Unfamiliar sounds (drill, people talking, loud music)
  • Someone carrying items from a house (TV’s, electronics, etc.)
  • Glass breaking
  • Neighbors dog continuously barking
  • Delivery services

Record Information – Keep a patrol log of each shift.

  • Tape recorders – Hand held and digital, to record other persons statements, or used by you to record current information.
  • Camera’s – Cell phone, still, video
  • Pen and paper – Write down notes of an ongoing incident, or to record a suspect or
  • a situation that may be important at a later date. You may also have preprinted field
  • cards. Even those things that you feel are small may be a big part to putting together
  • an unsolved puzzle.

Reporting Crime

  • Stay calm, so that your voice is clear.
  • It’s important not to panic even though you might be scared.
  • Write down what you saw and heard immediately!
  • Call the police immediately!
  • On the phone give the dispatcher the most important information.

Accurate account – times, actions, and descriptions

  • Who – Names, descriptions (height, weight, sex etc.) vehicle information
  • What – What happened, what took place, what was used
  • When – Times (date, day, hour, how long)
  • Where – Location of incident, direction of travel, place hidden
  • Why/How – Manner in which happened (Fight, domestic) reason for action
  • Properly dictating a license plate is just as important as reading it.
  • If the dispatcher can’t understand the information you are giving him/her then the information is of no
  • use to the police if it is not given correctly. The simple clarification in dictating a plate could be in you stating
  • the letter B when you actually said D. Each letter should be associated with a name, so that the dispatcher is clear
  • on the characters that you gave.

The 7 Mobile Patrol Commandments:

  1.  Participants have no police powers.
  2.  Participants will carry no weapons while on patrol.
  3. Participants will always obey laws.
  4. Participants will OBSERVE and REPORT. This is a non-confrontational program
  5. Participants will carry valid ID with them and wear the designed MP shirt.
  6. Two patrol members are required for any patrol.
  7. No alcoholic beverages may be consumed during and prior to patrol.

When to call 911 vs. Non-emergency dispatch

An event that involves an immediate threat to person or property, screams, attacks, gunshots,
fire, car accident with injuries or any other medical emergency.

When to call 911

  • A crime in progress. This includes fights, breaking & entering (if there is a suspect on the scene).
  • A serious crime that has just occurred (e.g. sexual assault or robbery)
  • A suspicious that may indicate an immediate criminal act (e.g. prowler, vandal)

Non-emergency number – 231-1212

  • Reporting a crime with no suspect (e.g. stolen license plate)
  • Reporting a crime with suspect but suspect is not on the scene (e.g. fraud)
  • Reporting a serious crime with suspect, but report was delayed (e.g. assault that occurred last night).
  • Non-emergency in progress (e.g. loud music, fireworks gambling).
  • On-going crime issues or crimes that are not in – progress (e.g. graffiti).

Citizens Service Bureau Services:

The Citizens’ Service Bureau is the customer service department for the City of St. Louis. Contact the
Citizens’ Service Bureau to file requests regarding City services. (314) 622-4800